|Sam Fordyce Elementary Honors Veterans|
Posted Date: 12/01/2016
Sam Fordyce Elementary held its annual Veteran’s Day Program to honor veterans from all branches of the military. Veterans present were: Mr. Jose Luis Trigo - Air Force, Mr. Roy Aleman – Army, Mr. Ruben Flores - Army, Mr. Al Perez- Marines, Mr. Deyber Heredia - Marines, Mr. Isidro Rosales - Army, Mr. Eduardo Perez - Air Force, Kenny Chivington (standing in for Mr. Kevin Chivington – Air Force), Mr. Javier De Los Santos – Army, Mr. Desi Olivarez – Marines, and Mrs. Dolores & Mr. Jack Fritsch – Marines. Students also brought in pictures of their family members who are currently serving or have served in the military but could not make it to our program; these too were recognized and honored. Ms. Socorro Luna, Principal, welcomed and introduced our Veterans and thanked them for their service to our country. She told them that coming from a military family; she understood how difficult it was for them to leave their families to serve this country.
Veterans, parents, students and staff members joined 3rd graders, Melanie Velasquez and Jose Canales in the Pledge of Allegiance and the Sam Fordyce Choir in singing the National Anthem. Serving as Mistresses of Ceremony were Mrs. Dulce Ramirez, school counselor, and Mrs. Adela Waldo, teacher. Mrs. Ramirez speech on Celebrating America’s Freedom reiterated the importance of this day because “We are here today to honor our heroes, to remember their achievements, their courage and their dedication, and to say thank you for their sacrifices.”
Students Axel Esparza, 4th grade, and Angela Flores and Alejandro Acosta, 3rd grade, recited beautiful poems about the meaning of Veteran’s Day. Our guest speaker was Mr. Al Perez, former Marine. He spoke to students about his experience as a soldier and how difficult it is for all of them to leave their families behind as they serve our country, not knowing if they will return.
An emotional video playing the song American Soldier and showing pictures of the Veterans in our community and across the U. S. hugging their families as they depart or return home, brought tears to many of those present. To end the program, everyone joined the choir in singing Proud To Be An American and American Soldier.